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Masters of Dig: A tour of authorial abodes 15.9.2014 Current Issue
Where my favorite authors once lived.
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Herbicide and Insecticide Use on GMO Crops Skyrocketing While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Former EPA Senior Scientist's New Article Sets Record Straight Michael Specter's recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods ( Seeds of Doubt and The Problem with G.M.O. Labels , 8/25/14) in the New Yorker are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in US soil today: rather than reduce pesticide inputs GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity. Setting the record straight, Dr. Ramon J. Seidler, Ph.D., former Senior Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency, has recently published a well-researched article documenting the devastating facts, " Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops ," in Environmental Working Group's online AgMag. Dr. Seidler's article cites and links recent scientific literature and media reports, and should be required reading for all journalists covering GMOs, as well as for citizens generally to understand why their right to know if ...
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2 Men Fatally Gored By Bull Won't Stop Portuguese Festival 14.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Authorities say a Portuguese bull-running festival will continue next week despite the fatal goring of two men by a bull.

Officials said the victims, aged 46 and 27, were taking part in festivities late Friday in Moita, a small town about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of the capital, Lisbon. At the annual town festival, bulls are set loose in the downtown streets, which are fenced off, and people can run into the street to taunt the animals. Thousands of people attend the festival.

Officials said Sunday that spectators are warned of the dangers of entering the barricaded streets where the bulls run free.

They said the festival would continue Monday.
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Foodies, Feds and Factory Farms: Why We Need Vegans Now More Than Ever 12.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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Fur flies over Montana bobcat farm 11.9.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Will animal rights activists keep a bobcat farmer from setting up shop in Montana?
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Safety in Diversity: Adapting to Unpredictable Climate Change 11.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Safety in diversity 11.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Joe Arpaio Calls For Felony Charges Against Jeff Flake's Son In Deaths Of Dogs 10.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
BY DAVID SCHWARTZ PHOENIX, Sept 9 (Reuters) - Authorities in Arizona have completed an investigation into the deaths of 21 dogs at a Phoenix-area boarding kennel which overheated, and a local lawman recommended on Tuesday that felony animal cruelty charges be filed against four suspects. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he has no doubt the charges are warranted for the owners and caretakers of the Green Acre boarding facility, where the animals died in June from apparent suffocation and overheating. "All of those involved in the investigation as well as myself, are confident that felony charges for cruel animal neglect as well as various misdemeanors should be brought against all four suspects in the case," he said in a statement. The suspects are kennel owners Todd and Maleisia Hughes, and caretakers Austin and Logan Flake, according to Arpaio's statement. Austin Flake in the son of U.S. Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona. None of the four could immediately be reached for ...
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Yosemite Meadow Fire Forces Evacuations Near Famous Half Dome (PHOTOS) 9.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A towering blaze that started Sunday afternoon east of Yosemite National Park’s Half Dome has grown to 2,600 acres, forced approximately 100 hiker and backpacker evacuations and closed all trails in the area, the National Park Service (NPS) reported Monday morning. The NPS believes the blaze burning in Little Yosemite Valley may be a spot fire that spread from the lightning-caused Meadow Fire , which after several weeks of burning has been limited down to 19 acres. Check out the stunning and forbidding images below of the flames and of smoke dominating the iconic Half Dome, from where YubaNet reports an additional 85 hikers had to be evacuated by ...
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Organic Consumers Association to Host NYC Climate Convergence Workshops Featuring Vandana Shiva and other Experts and Activists 8.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Half Dome Hikers Evacuated By Helicopter As Wildfire Rages In Yosemite National Park 8.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Half Dome is one of the more crowded trails in the park, so crowded that in recent years the park service has instituted a lottery system to limit traffic on the famous cables that lead to the top of the dome . The Meadow Fire is believed to have been started by lightning at some point in the past few weeks, but as of Thursday had been limited to 19 acres , according to YubaNet. On Sunday, however, the fire began to spread so rapidly that it's now visible from space: The new Meadow wildfire at Yosemite National Park has a smoke plume visible from space. #MeadowFire #cawx #Yosemite ...
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After Being Saved From A Farm, This Little Mink Discovers The Joy Of Being In Water 5.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This 4-month-old mink named Zodiac was destined to be somebody's coat, but it looks like he's going to have the chance to be a world-class swimmer instead. In this video from YouTube user camelsandfriends, Zodiac, who was rescued from a fur farm earlier this summer, excitedly hops in and out of a small tub . When the mink, a semi-aquatic animal , is seen swirling around in the water, it's adorably clear he's where he is meant to be. Zodiac is young yet, but in an older clip, his owner says she's planning to give him an outdoor enclosure when he's full-grown, and, if he's social enough, maybe involve him in some anti-mink farming outreach. This little guy may still just getting his feet wet, but we're confident he'll make a ...
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Joan Rivers' Animal Evolution 5.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Joan Rivers with PETA's Dan Mathews Joan Rivers had a barbed tongue but she also had a soft spot for animals. She went everywhere with her dog, Spike, whom she credited with saving her from committing suicide after her husband's death. Despite her penchant for wearing fur, Joan always appreciated PETA's efforts. She invited me to come onto her talk show for a lively debate on the topic in 1989. In the '90s, Joan enthusiastically helped launch her daughter Melissa's "Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" ad for PETA. Soon after, for Passover, Joan recorded PETA's vegan hotline promoting soy ham, or as Joan called it, "pork even a Jew can eat." In 2010 Joan helped PETA lobby the New York City Council to pass a bill against chaining dogs and promoting spaying and neutering "I hope this bill passes not just for the sake of the poor dogs tied up outside in the cold, but for the sake of the sons of b*****s who do this -- because what I'd do to the creeps would be far worse than what any police officer would do!" she ...
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10 Reasons The Wilderness Act Was One Of The Best Ideas Ever 3.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Wilderness Act turns 50 this week, marking the anniversary of the preservation of some of our most treasured national lands. Passed in 1964 , the Wilderness Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System and created the first official wilderness areas. When it was signed into law by President Johnson, the act designated 54 places spanning some 9.1 million acres as wilderness areas. Today there are more than 750 areas covering nearly 110 million acres . Outings and events are being planned all across the country this week and beyond , and the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History is showcasing a special photography exhibit, " Wilderness Forever : 50 Years of Protecting America's Wild Places." To celebrate our nation's wilderness areas, here are 10 reasons why we need wilderness areas. 1. “ We need the tonic of wildness ... At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely ...
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Mongoose Fights Off Lions, Shows Us The Definition Of Courage 3.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This mongoose has courage, and we're not lion. Faced with fierce cats in Kenya's Masaai Mara National Park, this plucky mongoose opted to fight back . Videographer Jerome Guillaumot captured the scene in 2011, but only recently released the footage online. In the video, the mongoose repeatedly bares its teeth, emits a terrifying squealing noise and charges the lions, who retreat in the face of such aggression. Though the small animal ultimately escapes to safety in a burrow, it later emerges to mount a second attack. Mongooses, notes National Geographic, are famously brave animals . Some species are known to attack venomous cobras. Of the International Union for Conservation of Nature 's 39 listed species of mongoose, seven are categorized as "vulnerable," "endangered" or "critically endangered" due to loss of habitat. WATCH the mongoose fight off the lions, ...
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These Retired Research Chimps Are Really Enjoying Their New Home 30.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Meet Mason. He's only 5, but already, he seems to be quite the "ladies' man." “He likes to play with the other girls,” Mark Lewis, an animal care specialist at Chimp Haven , a Keithville, Louisiana, chimpanzee sanctuary where Mason now lives, said per the Humane Society. "And he likes to follow some of the older females around.” Things haven’t always been so rosy for Mason, a former research chimp. His old home was the New Iberia Research Center in Louisiana, an animal research facility where some animals were allegedly subjected to abusive treatment, ABC News reported in 2009. Two years ago, Mason, together with 109 of the lab's other chimpanzees, were retired by the National Institutes of Health, and since then, animal welfare activists have been working hard to get them all to Chimp Haven. This summer, thanks in part to a fundraising campaign that raised millions of dollars, that goal was finally realized. According to the Humane Society, this is the largest group of government-owned chimpanzees ever ...
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Clever Panda May Have Faked Pregnancy For More Food 28.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
When Ai Hin the panda started showing signs of pregnancy earlier this year, the world got pretty darn excited. Giant pandas are endangered creatures , after all, and they also happen to be notorious for their reluctance to breed in captivity. Even the panda's caretakers at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding were jazzed about the potential birth and reportedly planned the first-ever live broadcast of a delivery of panda cubs. Unfortunately though, it looks like Ai Hin won't be starring in any such live stream in the near future because, it turns out, she is not actually pregnant. In fact, she's apparently been faking it. This picture, taken on July 17, 2014, shows giant panda Ai Hin sitting in her enclosure at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province. According to Xinhua News, Ai Hin's caretakers say the panda recently started acting normally again after two months of exhibiting tell-tale pregnancy signs. Experts have speculated ...
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Vandana Shiva to March with Organic Consumers Association ‘Cook Organic, Not the Planet’ Activists at the People’s Climate March in New York 28.8.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Animal Rights Activists Are an Easy Punchline, But Their Cause Deserves Greater Public Advocacy 28.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
My friend and founder of The Daily Banter, Ben Cohen, wrote a post today titled, Here Are 7 Causes More Important Than Animal Rights . I absolutely agree that all of the issues he listed are important, but as an animal rights supporter I believe there's more than enough room for an entire menu of important issues, including the moral and humane treatment of animals and the protection of endangered species. Besides, it's not as if the U.S. government is somehow busily prioritizing animal rights at the expense of thwarting Ebola or the ISIS threat. Unfortunately, there's exactly nothing on the political docket with regards to protecting animals. So, it's unclear why animal rights activism needed to be taken down a notch. Let me know when a congressional candidate or incumbent mentions animal rights during the midterm and I'll post an update here. But it isn't going to happen. Horrifying abuses to humans, animals and the environment by the American meat-packing industry -- a major contributor to Ben's ...
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Here Are Some Totally Weird And Wonderful Facts About Marsupials (You're Welcome) 27.8.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Marsupials are amazing creatures. Baffling and kind of weird, yes, but also totally amazing. Part of their mystique seems to stem from their uncanny same-but-differentness. After all, koalas sort of look like bears, and wombats resemble chubby rodents. But though marsupials are very much a part of the mammal family, they are also quite different -- in magnificent and bizarre ways -- from the mammals that you might be more accustomed to. Last week, YouTube personality Ze Frank explored some of these fascinating marsupial facts in an irreverently entertaining video about the animals. In the clip, which has already racked up almost 2 million views, Ze Frank discusses everything from kangaroo babies to wombat penises -- and we're pretty sure that each new nugget of marsupial knowledge will blow your mind. Did you know, for instance, that marsupial babies typically emerge from their mothers as teeny, helpless embryos ? Unlike placental mammals (like humans, dogs and whales), marsupial females don't have a ...
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